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Eric Hornick of MSG Plus gives us a look into the Islanders vs. Avs.

Monday, 10.18.2010 / 9:08 AM / News
By Eric Hornick
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Game 5
Islanders 5, Colorado 2

Milan Jurcina scored his first two goals as an Islander in a 4:55 span of the second period to break a scoreless tie and the Islanders rolled from there, defeating Colorado 5-2 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Jurcina, who scored only once all last season, recorded the third two-goal game of his career, but his first since January 10, 2006.

A Fighting Start
Zenon Konopka and Cam Stewart engaged in a fight just five seconds into the game. It's the fourth straight game that the Isles have had a fight, with Kenopka and Trevor Gillies each being involved in two. The first period ended scoreless.

One Each Way

Jurcina scored the game's first two goals. The first goal was scored shorthanded and it was the Isles first shorty of the season. After Jurcina scored his second goal at even strength, Josh Bailey made it a 3-goal period with a power play tally. It was the third goal of the season for Bailey.

Two each in the Third

Stewart broke Dwayne Roloson's shutout at 2:19 of the third, but Michael Grabner responded two minutes later with his first goal as an Islander. TJ Galiardi scored midway through the third to cut the Islanders advantage to 4-2, but John Tavares hit the empty-net at 19:40 of the third for the first goal of his sophomore season, and the final margin of victory. 5-2 Final.

Record Night for Milan
Jurcina assisted on the empty-netter to give him a three-point night. It is the first time in his career that he has managed three points in a game and the first time in his career hat he has ever scored shorthanded.

11 for the Defense
James Wisniewski added an assist to Juricna's three point game. The Isles now have 11 points (4 goals and 7 assists) from their defense this season.

New Scoring Leader
Bailey assisted on Jurcina's first goal to give him a 2-point night. He now leads the team in scoring with seven points.

Roli's First Win
Dwayne Roloson evened his record at 1-1, making 28 saves for the victory. Craig Anderson made 20 saves for the Avalanche.

Who's Number 1?
With the win, the Isles improve to 2-0-1 at home and 2-1-2 overall. Their six points in five games gives them the only winning record in the Atlantic Division and a share of the division lead with the Penguins. The Isles have scored an empty net goal to cement both of their victories.

Perfect on the PK
In addition to Jurcina's goal, the Isles killed all four Avalanche power plays. It's the first time this season that they have been perfect on the penalty kill. The Isles finished 1-7 on the power play.

In the Circle
The Isles won 38 of 64 draws (59%), led as per usual in the early season by Konopka, who won 13 of 20. Frans Nielsen (11/17) and Tavares (8/12) also had strong games in the circle.

The Long Road Ahead
This is the third game in a 15 game stretch that will find the Islanders playing 12 on the road and only three at home. They are now 1-1-1 in the first three games, with a 4-game road trip upcoming. The Isles will not be back at the Coliseum until October 29th; their only other home game in this stretch is on November 6.

Missing Men
John Tavares played for the first time since the first period of Opening Night and James Wisniewski returned from his suspension. The Isles, still without Mark Streit, Kyle Okposo and Rob Schremp for extended periods, played without Trent Hunter (foot)

The Goals Keep Coming
The Isles have scored 18 goals in the first five games; it's the most that they've scored in the first five games since they opened the 2001-02 season by scoring 22 goals in the first five games.

Season Series Stats

The Isles lead the season series 1 game to none. The teams will play again in Denver on January 8th. The Isles have now won six straight over the Avs at home; Colorado hasn't earned as much as a point at the Coliseum since a 2-1 win on December 8, 1998. How long ago was that? Patrick Roy was in goal and Peter Forsberg had the winning goal. In the last eight games overall between the teams, the Isles own six wins, one overtime loss and one tie.

Hometown Heroes
The Isles are now 2-0-1 at home, earning five points in their first three home games. It's their best home start since winning their first three at home seven years ago (2003-04).

Up Next
Monday, October 18- Islanders @ Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), WRHU 88.7FM]

The Isles begin a four-game road trip on Monday when they head to the center of the hockey universe to face the surprising Maple Leafs. Toronto is off to a 4-0-0 start so this will be a battle of two first-place teams at the Air Canada Center.

The Isles took three out of four games last season, including the memorable 58 save performance by Dwayne Roloson last November. Toronto-area native Josh Bailey scored in overtime to win that game.

The Islanders penalty-kill excelled against Toronto last season, killing 19 of 20 and scoring two shorthanded goals.

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since 1982. Information contained in The Skinny has been gathered from various sources.




1 NYI 47 32 14 1 155 130 65
2 DET 48 28 11 9 144 123 65
3 TBL 49 30 15 4 158 131 64
4 MTL 46 30 13 3 126 108 63
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 NYR 45 27 14 4 135 110 58
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 45 20 15 10 111 127 50
10 TOR 49 22 23 4 143 152 48
11 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
12 PHI 49 20 22 7 134 149 47
13 CBJ 46 21 22 3 117 145 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 48 14 31 3 90 171 31


J. Tavares 47 22 24 -1 46
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 47 9 25 17 34
B. Nelson 47 15 15 6 30
F. Nielsen 47 9 17 5 26
J. Boychuk 37 4 20 17 24
J. Bailey 35 8 14 9 22
N. Leddy 47 7 14 15 21
N. Kulemin 47 11 9 1 20
A. Lee 41 13 5 8 18
J. Halak 26 9 0 .913 2.37
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38 is the official Web site of the New York Islanders Hockey Club, L.P. and are trademarks of New York Islanders Hockey Club, L.P.  NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 New York Islanders Hockey Club, L.P. and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

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